Piano Concerto No.2 in Bb major Opus 19 (1) Ludwig Van Beethoven Download 'Piano Concerto No.2 in Bb major Opus 19 (1)' on iTunes
Maisky leads Mehta and the Berlin Phil in his interpretation of cello works from Dvorák and Richard Strauss
Composer: Dvorák; R Strauss
Repertoire: Cello Concerto (Dvorák); Don Quixote (R Strauss)
Artists: Mischa Maisky (cello), Berlin Phil/Zubin Mehta
Label: DG 474 780-2
Maisky’s firepower and musical range are remarkable, and the accompaniments are as classy and lustrous as anyone could expect. But artistically there are large question-marks. Maisky’s quiet playing can be magical. But his hectoring manner exasperates: and in Don Quixote, Strauss’s musical characterisation is short-changed by Maisky and Zimmermann, who sound like the same person, not the very different Quixote and Sancho Panza.